The perfect gift that lasts all year long.
Adopt one of our animals and become part of our zoo family.

The Staten Island Zoo is home to more than 1500 animals representing over 300 species of wildlife:  mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and aquatic creatures!  Symbolically adopt an animal to show your support for the Staten Island Zoo and our commitment to conservation.

100% of the proceeds from each adoption helps to provide food, housing, enrichment, training, and medical care for our animals.  You’ll also support education and conservation programs at the Zoo, throughout Staten Island, and around the world!

All adoptions are good for one year.  The perfect gift for the animal lover in your life—or yourself!

$25 Digital Adoption

$35 Adoption

$50 Adoption

  • Printable PDF Adoption Certificate

  • Printable PDF Animal Fact Sheet

  • High Resolution JPEG photo of your animal

  • Recognition on our website for 1 year

  • Adoption Certificate

  •  Animal Fact Sheet

  • High Resolution 4″x6″ color photo of your animal

  • Recognition on our website for 1 year

  • Handwritten “Thank You”  note from your animal’s keeper

  • Adoption Certificate

  • Animal Fact Sheet

  • High Resolution 4″x6″ color photo of your animal

  • Recognition on our website for 1 year

  • Handwritten “Thank You”  note from your animal’s keeper

  • Plush version of your animal


$75 Adoption

$100 Adoption

$150 Adoption

  • Adoption Certificate

  • Animal Fact Sheet

  • High Resolution 4″x6″ color photo of your animal

  • Recognition on our website for 1 year

  • Handwritten “Thank You”  note from your animal’s keeper

  • Plush version of your animal

  • Zoo branded tote bag

  • Adoption Certificate

  • Animal Fact Sheet

  • High Resolution 4″x6″ color photo of your animal

  • Recognition on our website for 1 year

  • Handwritten “Thank You”  note from your animal’s keeper

  • Plush version of your animal

  • Zoo branded tote bag

  • Painting by your animal (substitutions may be made if not painting is available)

  • Adoption Certificate

  • Animal Fact Sheet

  • High Resolution 4″x6″ color photo of your animal

  • Recognition on our website for 1 year

  • Handwritten “Thank You”  note from your animal’s keeper

  • Plush version of your animal

  • Zoo branded tote bag

  • Painting by your animal (substitutions may be made if not painting is available)

  • Personalized video message from your animal and their keeper

Please note that actual plush sent may vary from the plush pictured in the photo

More About What Your Adoption Sponsors…

Your tax-deductible adoption helps support our programs and mission to be agents of change in creating a sustainable future and ensuring the conservation of species and habitats on a global scale.  That begins with our animals right here at the Zoo and the work we do each and every day!

Nothing is more important than where our animals live!  Our habitats are designed to replicate each species’ natural environment.  Every day includes time cleaning and maintaining each exhibit, as well as making changes when necessary based on the animals’ behavior, abilities, and stage of life.  Your gift also helps us provide enrichment for our animals to keep their minds sharp and let them have fun! 

Our on-site animal hospital and veterinary staff are able to provide excellent health care through advanced diagnostic testing, digital x-rays, and necessary medications.  Just like us, our animals get a complete physical every year, and specific health plans are designed to keep them in the best condition.  Your gift will help support the unique medical needs of our new born babies, senior animals, and everyone in between.  

When you adopt an animal, you help us make sure the nutritional needs of our animals are met.  Our commissary manager and curator work closely together to develop and maintain unique diets for each of our animals.   At the Staten Island Zoo each year we use:

  • 5,000 pounds of meat for the leopards, hornbills, fossa, and foxes
  • 1,000 pounds of fish for the eagles and otters
  • 12,000 pounds of grain and seed for waterfowl and other birds
  • 27,000 pounds of grain for Children’s Center animals 
  • 2,500 pounds of grain for our mammals
  • 10,000 pounds of hay for our ponies, donkeys, tortoises, sheep, goats, and alpacas
  • 54,600 pounds of produce for our primates and reptiles
  • 780 dozen eggs—that’s 9,360 protein-packed eggs total!

The Staten Island Zoo was the first zoo in the country to include education as part of their mission.  We still adhere to this today, and your gift lets our 60 education animals help us achieve that goal!  They bring conservation to life with up-close experiences for our guests, helping to increase appreciation for wildlife and the natural world.  Each year, they meet:

  • 200,000 guests to the Zoo
  • Over 500 participants in our Zoofari summer program
  • 320 classes at on-site, in-school, and virtual education programs
  • 220 students enrolled in after school programs
  • 90 teachers attending Professional Development courses
  • Tons of families by attending 15 science events at schools in every borough of NYC
  • Local community members at 20 outreach events 

Adopt an animal today and help us keep these animals healthy, fed, and ready to see you when you visit the zoo!

Animal Sponsors

Amur Leopard Family

  • Anne Marie, Vincent & Robert
  • Isla Rose Rodriguez 
  • Lois Abildnes
  • Loretta Kasper
  • Ronald Pagano
  • The Fung Family 
  • Nina & Leonel
  • Jack & Stephen Vellucci
  • Nicholas
  • Viktória Rósa 
  • Ann Esther Sprizzo

Bald Eagles, Liberty & Indy

  • Judy Borello
  • Peter Arbitrio
  • Mikey
  • Laura Merola

Black Handed Spider Monkey, Grandpa

  • Luis Garcia
  • Luna Rachel Rodriguez
  • Paige Egan
  • Walter 
  • Isabella Cortes
  • Danny Baccari
  • Sunrise Senior Living of New Dorp
  • Jennifer 
  • Lillian Montanez

Flemish Rabbits, Thumper & Susie

  • Dave Martin
  • Courtney Nowak
  • Class 4D6 – PS 52

Hoffman’s Two-Toed Sloth Family

  • Booboo & Niecy
  • David Giordano
  • Jennifer Kimball Merrill
  • Sophia & Lucas Zoumboulis
  • William Lonecke
  • Ava & Maddie
  • Alyssa Filippone
  • Gabi Grella 
  • Erica Gentile
  • Alyssa Belcastro
  • Petsmart #2775 – The Boulevard
  • Isabella LaFerrera
  • Amelia
  • Gianna
  • The DeRenzi Family
  • Rebecca Blumenkopf

King Cobra, Khutulun

  • Luis Garcia 
  • Christopher
  • Tim’s Reptile Zoo

North American River Otters, Shirley & Lewis

  • Courtney Nowak
  • Linda Burke
  • Rosemary Finigan
  • Taimour Chaudhri 
  • Ava & Maddie
  • Jessica & Lydia
  • Lisa Abildnes
  • Lisa Giordano
  • Sal & Kate
  • PS 52 – Class 2D5
  • Vincent

Polly The Pot-Bellied Pig & Toolie the Cape Baron Goose 

  • Matthew Giordano 

Ring-Tailed Lemur Family

  • Deanna Giordano
  • Jace Ramos
  • Nine & Leonel
  • Ashley DiDonato
  • Laura Merola
  • The Zablow Family

Rodrigues Flying Fox Family

  • Claire
  • Sunrise of Staten Island

Keel-Billed Toucan, Adalind

  • Peter Alfonsin
  • Kat

Fennic Foxes, Gregory & Remus

  • Lisa Williams
  • Carmela Lieto

American Alligators, Thunder & Lightning 

  • Robert

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes

  • James & Matthew Boylan
  • Deaanna Giordano 

Nigerian Dwarf Goat, Peanut

  • Robert Marceca
  • Angelo Vento
  • Carly

Southern Cassowary, Kiki

  • Jules et Leo Michel-Propov

Striped Skunk, Beetlejuice

  • Laura Merola 

Honeybee Hives

  • Lois Abildnes 

North America Porcupines, Juniper & Jibali

  • Marina Sarest

Kangaroo Mob

  • Leah Abildnes

Bamboo Shark

  • PS 37 – Class X10
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